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1st Edition

Prison Readings

ISBN 9781843921486
Published March 21, 2011 by Willan
320 Pages

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Book Description

Prison Readings provides a comprehensive, critical introduction to the main debates and dilemmas associated with prisons and imprisonment, bringing together a selection of the key readings on the subject, along with a comprehensive introduction and commentary written by the editors. It will be essential reading for students studying prisons as part of courses in criminology, sociology, law, psychology and other disciplines and practitioners working in this field.

Prison Readings introduces students to the history and development of prisons, contemporary theories and issues relating to prison populations, to sociological and psychological literature on the 'effects' of imprisonment, and to debates about the management and privatisation of the prison estate and emerging trends.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Prisons in Context  Part A: The Emergence of the Modern Prison  Extracts from Michael Foucault, W. Clay, Lucia Zedner, Margaret E. De Lacy, Philip Priestley, Randall McGowen  Part B: Theoretical Approaches and Emerging Trends   Extracts from Michael Cavadino and James Dignan, Richard Sparks, J.R. Sparks and A.E. Bottoms, Roy D. King, Sally Weale, Joe Sim  Part C: Prison Populations  Extracts from Joe Sim, Pat Carlen and Anne Worrall, Ruth Wyner, Ben Bowling and Coretta Phillips, Kieran McEvoy, John Muncie  Part D: The Prison Community  Extracts from Gresham M. Sykes, Erving Goffman, Stanley Cohen and Laurie Taylor, Thomas Mathiesen, Kathleen McDermott and Roy D. King, Elaine Crawley  Part E: Current Controversies  Extracts from Alison Liebling, Ben Crewe, Philip Fennell, Stephanie Walker and Anne Worrall, James B. Jacobs, Stephen Livingstone

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Yvonne Jewkes is Reader in Criminology at the Open University, the author of a number of books in the field of criminology and penology, and one of the founding editors of the journal Crime, Media, Culture; she is also the editor of Handbook on Prisons (Willan Publishing 2006).

Helen Johnston is Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Hull, teaches a wide range of subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate level and has a particular research interest in the history of prison and imprisonment.


'As someone who has considerable experience of the everyday realities of prison life, to me this book was compelling. I found it to be both stimulating and illuminating, and I have learned a lot from reading it. Certainly if more people had a grasp of its contents, there would be a much more informed debate on the subject. There really should be a copy in every Governor's boardroom and prison library in the land.' – Ian Macfadyen Inspector, HM Inspectorate of Prisons

'[T]his book undoubtedly provides a succinct and thorough account of the contentious issues that continue to equally concern academics, human rights lawyers and practitioners in the criminal justice field.' Rose Parkes, De Montfort University